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Preventing vaginal infections
Last updated: Monday, November 24, 2014

While there are no sure-fire ways of preventing any medical conditions, including vaginal infections, there are definitely things you can do to reduce your chances of getting any type of vaginal infections.

There are several different things that can cause vaginal infections. These include bacteria, viruses, yeast (fungi) and irritants, such as those found in sprays and creams, and the wearing of tight clothing. Organisms can also be spread between sexual partners during intercourse.

Here are some of the things you can do to help prevent vaginal infections:

Always use condoms during sex. This is especially important if you are not in a monogamous relationship and have multiple sexual partners. Infections are easily spread between partners during sexual intercourse. Just be aware that some women can react negatively to the latex used in condoms, and even to spermicide products.

Always wipe from the front to the rear. The vagina and the anus are situated closely together. Faecal matter contains many different types of bacteria, which could easily cause vaginal bacterial infections. Get into a habit of wiping from the front to the back after urinating or having a bowel movement.

Wear cotton underwear. Synthetic fabrics don’t allow the skin to breathe and can lead to a build-up of moisture and heat in the vaginal area, thereby creating an ideal breeding grounds for vaginal infections. Cotton panties help your vaginal area to stay dry. It is never a good idea to wear panties at night.

Don’t wear tight-fitting clothing. Tight-fitting pants or pantyhose can cause vaginal irritation, creating a breeding ground for vaginal infections.

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